C-peptide test is done to find out whether a person has type 1 or type 2 diabetes. The results of C-peptide test helps the doctor determine how much insulin to prescribe to the patient,it doesn’t help diagnose diabetes but helps treat it.
What is C-PEPTIDE TEST?
C-peptide test is based on the principle that the beta cells of the pancreas make insulin and during that process it also makes c-peptide. With the c-peptide test, the doctor can measure how much insulin is being made. The c-peptide test helps your doctor decide whether you need insulin or not.
Why is C-PEPTIDE TEST suggested?
C-peptide test is suggested to find out :
- Whether one had type 1 or type 2 diabetes
- How much insulin one needs to take if they have type 1 diabetes
- It needs to start insulin when they have type 2 diabetes
- If the pancreas has a tumor
How is C-PEPTIDE TEST performed?
C-peptide test is performed in the following manner:
- A blood sample is collected from the vein of the forearm.
- Sample sent to the lab to be analyzed.
The results of the c-peptide test arrive within 24 hours.
What are the parameters measured in C-PEPTIDE TEST
C-peptide test measures the level of c-peptide in blood. The normal range of c-peptide is 0.5-2 ng/ml. High levels mean insulin resistance or a tumor. Low levels indicate diabetes.
Preparation before performing C-PEPTIDE TEST
[Preparations before c-peptide include:
- Fasting for 8-10 hrs before the test.
- Let the doctor know about any medications you are on.
Post-care after C-PEPTIDE TEST
There is no post care needed after the c-peptide test.
Sample types in C-PEPTIDE TEST
Sample types in the c-peptide test is:
Side effects/risks of C-PEPTIDE TEST
There are no side effects of the c-peptide test.